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Paige's Butterfly Run raises $215,000 to fight childhood cancers

Paige's Butterfly Run raises $215,000 to fight childhood cancers

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans have served as champions in the fight against childhood cancer for the past 17 years, raising more than $1.7 million to support cancer research and cancer care at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

This year’s Paige’s Butterfly Run raised $215,000 to add to that amount. The annual run, held in June, is named for their late daughter, Paige, who received care at Upstate’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Arnold, Yeomans and their committee presented the check for $215,000 to children’s hospital staff Jan. 8 during a celebration to mark the success of the 2013 run. Included in that celebration were pediatric patients, their families, the Foundation for Upstate Medical University and caregivers from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“This annual celebration has become an event to look forward to for everyone involved,” said Toni Gary, director of Community Relations at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “The energy and dedication that Chris and Ellen put into this has had a very real impact on the lives of our children with cancer, their families, and the efforts of our medical, nursing and cancer research staff.”

Contributions from Paige’s Butterfly Run and related activities are used for a wide range of Upstate initiatives. These initiatives support pediatric cancer care, cancer research, and the families, themselves, who are faced with the many challenges presented by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.

Some of the initiatives to benefit from this year’s gift include:

- the Paige’s Cancer Research Fund at Upstate

- Paige’s Family Assistance Fund. This fund helps families at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders who are having financial difficulties as a result of their child’s illness. The fund is also used for:

- general assistance;

- sand therapy equipment and materials;

- equipment for hemophilia patients;

- Upstate’s Survival Wellness Clinic, which includes assistance to uninsured patients and for education of local and outlying physicians and other medical providers.

- neuropsychological testing for children with cancer;

- a backpack comfort kit for newly diagnosed patients and their families. The kit will include items such as toiletries, gift cards for food and gas.

- patient parking assistance

- Paige Yeomans Arnold Memorial Endowment Fund. A portion of this permanent endowment, established with the Foundation for Upstate, will be used in the future to fund research and to provide financial assistance to families having difficulties due to their child’s illness.

- Paige’s Family Fun Fund. This fund provide the child life specialists at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders with a variety of funds to cover family needs, such as meals and birthday/holiday celebrations.

- support for Upstate’s new pediatric cancer outpatient clinic, to open in 2014.

The 2014 Paige’s Butterfly Run is set for Saturday, June 7, with the Run and Walk starting and finishing behind the Federal Building on Franklin St. in downtown Syracuse. The run is held during the Syracuse’s annual Taste of Syracuse festival. For more information, visit Paige’s Butterfly Run.